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Neighbor reaction to St. Thomas festival shooting

"It was like a whole swarm of kids that was just coming right out of there," says Collins. "It was like a whole swarm of kids that was just coming right out of there," says Collins.
A of couple years ago neighbors say a large fight with weapons broke out. A of couple years ago neighbors say a large fight with weapons broke out.

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTOL) - Neighbors living near that St. Thomas festival say this isn't the first time there's been trouble.

A of couple years ago neighbors say a large fight with weapons broke out.

"At that point they had chains. I saw a couple of knives, there was like 16 of them out here."

That's what Sharon Collins says she saw right in front of her home two years ago. She lives just a couple houses down from St. Thomas.

Friday night she was on her porch again watching the crowds at the festival.

"It was like a whole swarm of kids that was just coming right out of there," says Collins.

Remembering what happened two years ago, Sharon says she went to get police right away.

"I got right by those two trees there and I heard the shot. I kind of froze for a moment and then I just bolted."

Kenneth Kimble eventually died. Sharon says she saw his mother.

"I hugged her and I told her I really feel for you. She said he's a good kid. 'He's not in a gang. Why him?'"

Now Sharon is asking why can't neighbors play a bigger role in crowd control, with festival organizers and police asking for help.

"If we give you a walkie talkie, if you see a gang getting together, could you call us and tell us so we can get there right away. Maybe that kid wouldn't have gotten, hurt, shot and killed."

Sharon says these are the only two incidents of violence in the festival's 40 year history. She says the event is usually great for the kids and families.


Several fundraisers are taking place Sunday to help the family pay for funeral expenses. Car washes will take place at Deb's on Navarre and the Autozone on Woodville.

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